In Deuteronomy 18:15 God tells Moses that He will raise up a Prophet like him to lead, rule and reign over the people. The Hebrew people have waited for this Prophet to come. It is recorded in the New Testament (Brit Hadashah) that the leaders ask John the Baptist if he is “the Prophet”. John assures them that he is not “that Prophet”. John goes on to tell them about the one that is coming after him.
This prophet like Moses was known to be the Messiah that would redeem Israel in the later days. In the New Testament it is recorded over and over that Yeshua of Nazareth is this Prophet like Moses. One such testimony is found in John 1:45, “Philip finds Nathanael, and says unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." In the book of Acts we find both Peter and Stephen referring to Yeshua as "The Prophet".
Did Yeshua fit the description of a “Prophet Like Moses”? I have listed some similarities between Moses and Yeshua below. The similarities are remarkable and this most certainly is not all of them. You may find some more to add to the list.
Their Births Predicted
Moses - Rashi (A well beloved Jewish Rabbi and commentator of the 1100’s) states in his commentary on Exodus that the Egyptian astrologers predicted that a savior of the Hebrew people was about to be born. In fact, Rashi states that Pharaoh was informed on the day of his birth. It was because of this information that the Pharaoh ordered all the Hebrew baby boys to be thrown into the Nile River. Rashi does not state where he got this information but according to other Jewish websites that I have visited the Mishna apparently records this information. According to these sources, the Mishna records that the Egyptian astrologers told Pharaoh that “the Mother of Israel’s savior is already pregnant with him.” I have not yet been able to find this information in the Mishna but I will keep looking.
Yeshua – In Luke Chapter 1 we read of the angelic visitation to Miriam, predicting the birth of Yeshua.
Both Babies Had Their Lives Threatened by An Evil King
Moses – When wicked Pharaoh ordered all the Hebrew baby boys thrown into the Nile River.
Yeshua – The wicked King Herod the Great who had all Jewish boys aged 2 and under killed, because of jealousy, when he heard the word of the wise men.
Both Babies Were Hidden for Safety
Moses – was hidden by his Mother for the first three months of his life and then she hid him in the basket and set him in the Nile River to escape the wrath of Pharaoh.
Yeshua – Warned by an angel, Joseph took his small family and fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of deadly King Herod. While we do not know exactly how long they stayed in Egypt, it could have been as long as 2 years.
Both Were Born During a Time of National Bondage
Moses – The Children of Israel had been in bondage in Egypt for over 400 years. They were crying out for a Deliverer.
Yeshua – He was born during the time when the Nation of Israel was currently under heavy bondage from the Roman Empire. The people were weary and crying out for their Messiah to come. During the first century there was a high expectation of the soon coming of Messiah
Both Spent Time in Egypt
This has already been mentioned above but the Old and New Testaments record the following:
Hosea 11:1 – “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”
Matthew 2:15 “ Where He stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the LORD had said through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called by son.”
We see here that Yeshua (Messiah) had to follow in the footsteps of Israel. As Israel was called out of Egypt to go to the Promised Land, so Yeshua sojourned as a child and was called out of Egypt by His Father in Heaven and told to go to the land of Israel (The Promised Land).
Matthew 2:19-20 “But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the LORD appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.”
Both Set Aside A Privileged Position of Honor
Moses – was a Prince of Egypt but gave it up to save his Hebrew People
Yeshua – left the Glory of Heaven to come to earth in the flesh to save His People from Satan
Both Were Initially Rejected By Those They Came to Save
Moses – When he arose and killed an Egyptian who had slain an Israelite, they asked “who has made you ruler over us?” Also, they rejected his leadership many times in the wilderness and once he exclaimed in Exodus 17:4 ,” what shall I do unto this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
Yeshua – In John 1:10-11, Scripture records that Yeshua came to His own Jewish people but they, as a nation, would not receive Him.
Both Arose From Among Their Brethren
Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD the God will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren….”
Both of them were from Jacob (Israel).
Moses – He was from the tribe of Levi
Yeshua – He was from the tribe of Judah
Both Were Shepherds